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John Joseph Chandler

In memory of:

Flying Officer John Joseph Chandler

September 28, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/22485

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

622 Sqdn. (RAF)

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, Europe Star, Defense Medal, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Bar, Operational Wings.

Additional Information


Born:

January 4, 1922
Montréal, Quebec

Enlistment:

April 25, 1941
Montréal, Quebec

Son of John Herbert and Marie Louise Bella Chandler, of St. Lambert, Quebec.

He was a soldier in the COTC – NPAM – from September 21, 1936 to June 21, 1937.

He served in Canada and Great Britain. He had 877 days of service, including 337 overseas.

He was reported missing during a combat mission conducted over the city of Hanover, Germany. No observations made it possible to specify the location of the crash in Europe.

Commemorated on Page 145 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 173.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of John Joseph Chandler– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Flying Officer John Joseph Chandler is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer John Joseph Chandler is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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